Marriage and civil partnership

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – marriages and civil partnerships

From 13 July 2020, Thurrock Register Office is accepting appointments for notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

If you had already booked an appointment, we will contact you to arrange a new date and time. If your ceremony is due to take place before September 2020, please call us to discuss and arrange an appointment. We will resume notices for later dates in due course.

From 4 July 2020, civil ceremonies can take place. We are currently prioritising ceremonies that had been booked to take place in the Register Office, Lacey Room or Hawthorne Suite of the Thameside Complex between March and July. We will contact couples in due course to provide guidance and new terms and conditions before rescheduling your ceremony, should you wish to.

If your ceremony had been due to take place at one of our approved premises and you wish to change the date, you should email register.office@thurrock.gov.uk. If you are keeping your original date, we will contact you in due course to provide further advice and guidance.

You must not come to the Register Office if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). All visitors must follow government social distancing guidance and safety requests from staff.

Civil partnership registration

Civil partnerships enable couples – of the same sex or opposite sex – to obtain legal recognition of their relationship.

Couples who form a civil partnership have the legal status of 'civil partner'.

To form a civil partnership, a couple must first enter notice of their intention to register. Before entering notice each of the couple will need to have a 7-day residential qualification and give notice in the area where they live prior to the formation of their civil partnership.

To enter into a civil partnership, the couple must:

  • be over 18 years-old, or provide evidence of consent if over 16 years-old
  • not be related to each other within the prohibited degrees of relationship
  • not be in an existing marriage or civil partnership

There will be a 28-day waiting period once notice of intention to register has been given, before the formation can take place.

A civil partnership can be formed either in a register office or at an approved licensed venue of choice.

The civil partnership will be formed once the couple have signed in the presence of a registration officer and 2 witnesses.

There is no legal requirement for a ceremony, but we will be happy to offer a ceremony if you would like one.

There are procedures in place to reduce the 28-day waiting period where there are compelling reasons to do so, or for a formation to take place at the residence of someone who is housebound, detained or seriously ill and not expected to recover.

Fees apply for giving the notice of intention to register, and for the formation of a civil partnership in the Register Office. There is also a charge for certificates applied for on, or after, the day of the registration.

Contact us for more information.

Thurrock Register Office
Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX

: register.office@thurrock.gov.uk

Phone:

  • 01375 372 822 – birth or death registration
  • 01375 375 245 – marriages or civil partnerships

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – all services
  • Saturday morning – ceremonies only

Our emergency out-of-hours contact service can be used for:

  • emergency death registrations for timely burials in line with religious or cultural practices
  • emergency marriages or civil partnerships for terminally ill residents.